Evanston housewife Ethel Sampson began making a quilt in the 1930s, at the beginning of the Great Depression. She kept collecting fabrics for her quilt until her death in 1961. Now the quilt has turned into a fascinating historical artifact. It’s on display as part of a collection of curios showcasing Evanston history. Eddie Arruza tells us more on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
This is the first time the massive piece of folk art has been put on display for the public. The quilt is the centerpiece of an exhibit called “A Curious Patchwork of Evanston Treasures” at the Evanston History Center.
Perhaps the most impressive artifact at the Evanston History Center is the building in which the museum is housed. Built in the mid-1890s, the spectacular Chateau-esque style house became the property of Charles Gates Dawes, a lawyer and banker who went on to become Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.
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“A Curious Patchwork of Evanston Treasures” will be on exhibit at the Evanston History Center for the rest of this year. For more information, click here.